~VERY MOULIN ROUGE~
Earlier this month I shared with you some photos of the hot pink and black dress form I discovered at a local shoppe (you can see her at the top)! Miss Josephine (that is what I named her) was originally bright hot pink and lots of black and way tooo intense for me! Well, Miss J's transformation began a couple of days after I found and today I'm going to
walk talk you through her makeover up until this point!
~A BODY of FIBERGLASS~
I've purchased several new and vintage and antique dress forms over the years and all were made of metal, papier-mâché or layered cardboard. Well... my new friend, Josephine, is the first one I've ever found made of fiberglass. I wasn't even sure what her body was made of until I asked my Mr. AGPman about it. (No wonder my fingertips felt like I was being stuck with prickly little needles!)
~WHAT A MESS~
I began by removing her fabric covering and the thin layer of gray foam. It had been attached with cheap hot glue so most of it pulled right off (I also removed her finial).
(sold in tubs at hardware stores)
After discovering she wasn't made of papier-mâché (my first guess) I knew immediately I'd have to resurface her body with joint compound (JC).
~LATEX GLOVES A MUST~
I donned a pair (several to be honest with you) of latex gloves and began by NEATLY smoothing the JC over the fiberglass webbing with my hands.
~WORK IN SMALL PATCHES~
~SMOOTH ON CAREFULLY~
You want to make sure when apply JC that you smooth out as much of the product as possible. You will need to sand off any ridges and bumps so the smoother your surface ends up being the less work you'll have later on!
~DRYING IN THE SUN~
After thoroughly drying (only took about an hour in our Oklahoma HEAT!) I lightly sanded off the rough areas and applied a second coat with a 3" sponge brush! My goal was to have a fairly smooth surface but one that would have some character after it was painted! I didn't take a picture of the sanding part because I didn't want to ruin my $$$ camera! (WEAR A MASK! That powdery stuff goes everywhere!)
~PRIMED with ZINSSER~
After smoothing out my new best friend :) I feathered off the majority of the dust and then primed her with Zinsser 123 Primer using a fresh 3" sponge brush. Do not skip this part. If you paint directly over JC it will not hold and will eventually crack and flake off! You also cannot spray paint over JC. All it does is absorb into the JC and you waste a bunch of money!
~LATEX PAINT FINISH~
After priming I gave her two coats of my favorite Cottage White Latex Paint (Behr Paint/Home Depot). Now, I just may recoat her again with my favorite sugary pink paint (custom color) before I move on...
I have great plans for Miss Josephine! I've pretty much settled on a French Theme and plan on hand painting French lettering and maybe some tiny roses on her body in a sweeping garland-type style. Again...haven't fully decided yet! I'll keep you posted. At least for now this is where I'm at!
I'm off to work! Hope your day is fabulous!
Love to you...